Arts & Culture
From Broadway and ballet at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, to engaging exhibits and collections at venues like Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Orlando Museum of Art and the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, artistry comes alive in Orlando! Your group can explore a majestic mix of contemporary and traditional art and culture when you meet in Orlando. Additionally, many of the venues make perfect locations for memorable functions for your group.
While exploring Orlando’s arts scene, your attendees will benefit from the same heightened health and safety measures being employed by our meeting hotels and venues, transportation providers, restaurants, theme parks, attractions, and other businesses. So, whether they prefer performing arts, galleries, museums or a sublime mixture of everything, they can enjoy Orlando’s acclaimed cultural offerings with confidence!
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Please note: Depending on the timing of your visit, some experiences may be temporarily modified or closed. Learn more about healthy business travel in Orlando, and check with your favorite venues for their current status.
Live Theater & Performing Arts in Orlando
In downtown Orlando, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is the crown jewel of our cultural scene, producing a robust annual lineup of shows. Here, your group can enjoy Broadway productions, performances by Orlando Ballet, popular musicians, famous comedians and much more.
At Orlando Shakespeare Theater, meeting attendees can take in a selection of classic and contemporary plays, including productions based on the works of its titular Bard. It’s in Loch Haven Park, just 10 minutes from downtown.
Orlando’s theme parks are also a great place to catch performing arts. For instance, Walt Disney World® Resort hosts an array of well-known musical acts and talented performance artists courtesy of seasonal festivals at Epcot®. More concerts await during the annual Seven Seas Food Festival at SeaWorld® Orlando. And at Universal Orlando Resort, your group can witness a wide range of live entertainment at Universal CityWalk.
Museums & Galleries in Orlando
North of downtown Orlando, a diverse array of museums helps make Winter Park one of Central Florida’s most refined communities. For example, your group can marvel over 5,600 works of art at Rollins College’s Cornell Fine Arts Museum, ranging from an ancient sarcophagus to cutting-edge 21st century art. Better still, entry is always free.
Elsewhere in Winter Park, The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art houses the world’s largest collection of work by legendary American designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. Meanwhile, the city’s Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens preserves the creations of its namesake sculptor.
Close to Winter Park, historic Eatonville is home to the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts, aka The Hurston, which showcases the works of its world-renowned author (Their Eyes Were Watching God) and other artists of African descent. There’s no set admission fee, but donations are welcome. Eatonville is also the site of Experience Historic Eatonville, a month-long series of cultural events that starts on Hurston’s birthday, January 7.
Speaking of history, you’ll find many museums focused on the past throughout Orlando. Top choices include Orange County Regional History Center and Heritage Square Park, the Pulse Interim Memorial, and the Wells’Built Museum of African-American History and Culture in downtown Orlando, the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida just north of Winter Park, and others.
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Your attendees can discover even more art museums in Loch Haven Park near downtown Orlando. Options here include Orlando Museum of Art and The Mennello Museum of American Art. Then, head downtown for one of our most unique cultural venues, CityArts, which houses multiple art galleries under one roof.
Downtown is also the birthplace of CITY unseen, an augmented-reality (AR) public art project presented by Snap! Orlando. CITY Unseen blends the work of renowned artists with next-gen AR technology to create unique “[AR]t” experiences, including murals that come to life, projection-mapping, a 360-degree visit to an artist’s studio, and more, all unlockable with a free mobile app. Snap! Orlando also maintains a physical gallery at downtown’s Snap! Space.
There are many other options beyond these, including acclaimed outdoor art shows such as the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. Let our cultural offerings broaden your attendees’ horizons during your next Orlando meeting or event!